Durant Daily Democrat
April 9, 1942
Future Farmers of America
Have Splendid Banquet at Caddo Wednesday Night
The crowning event of the year’s study and work of Caddo Future Farmers of America was the banquet Wednesday night tendered them by the Lions Club and the First State Bank.
A hundred guests assembled, despite the rain, at the community house at 8 o’clock where a bountiful steak dinner awaited keen appetites, sharpened by delay in service.
The dinner was prepared and served by Caddo chapter of Future Homemakers of America, tutored by Miss Christine Philpott and these fine young girls did a handsome job, revealing in their pretty presence and prompt purveyance a training in culinaries and calories that bodes well for the future of the American home.
Robert Mills, president of Caddo FFA, opened the meeting with ___ form practiced in every ____. (can’t read) Ben Karnes is vice-president, Hunter Freeny is treasurer, N. Arrington, secretary, and Donald Choate is representative. Jim Steed is teacher and mentor.
Then came the dinner, with T. D. Call acting as toastmaster. He displayed rare tact and ability in the handling of the difficult situation, wherein a race against time was won by his cutting short the attempts to lengthen the talking marathon.
Short, snappy talks were made by Jim Steed, Joe McKinnis, and Gene Mungle, who presented the golden key denoting honorary membership in the FFA to Henry Bass, Dr. Cochran, Dr. Dickey, and John L. Boland for outstanding aid to the FFA cause through the years.
Then came talks by Roy Craig, Roy Paul, Bill Lott and the principal speech by Carl P. Thompson of A&M College. Loyd Manning, Jr. gave the FFA creed.
Out of town guests present (several invited could not get there on account of the rain) were:
Roy Paul, district judge; Wm. Parrish, representative; Vance Posey, state senator; R. F. Story and Frank Bunn, Durant Democrat; A. E. Vickers, Durant National Bank; M. W. Fitzgerald, Durant National Bank; C. P. Thompson, Stillwater; Gene Mungle, Atoka.
Local guests were G. A. Crossett, editor, Caddo Herald; Lions and Lionesses: John L. Boland, president, Jim Steed and wife, H. P. Taylor and wife; W. W. Boone, and Hatsell Powell, guest T. D. Call and wife; J. D. Maytubby and wife; Jones Sharp and wife; John P. Burns and wife; Rev. and Mrs. R. L. Hunnicut; Rev. and Mrs. M. D. Gentry, Dr and Mrs. R. P. Dickey, Joe McKinnis and wife; W. L. Guthrie; Fred Washington and wife, Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Cochran, Ernest Darting, Evert Basden; H. F. Bass and wife.
FFA members and guests were: Clark Watson, John Springer and father, James Smith and father, Jesse Walla, Jack Peters and father, Von Lee Martin, Marion Martin, Cecil Morrow and father, Loyd Manning and father, Robert Mills, Ben Roy Karnes, Thelmer Kellam and father, George Herron, Roger George, Delton Goodin and father, Hunter Freeny and mother, Calvin Draper and father, Elmer Cummings and father, Donald Choate and father, Sterrell Burroughs, James Adkins and father, Norman Airington, Elzie Argo and father.
Names of FHA girls were not available. Each in snow white uniforms added the needed note of purity to the proceedings.
Caddo has the only vocational agriculture class in Bryan County, with 38 members. The boys have made a notable record during the dozen years in state contests with the best there are. This dinner was in recognition of their efforts and promises to be a continuous annual affair.
Editorial found on another page in the paper:
Fine Work by Fine People
When men, women, and young boys leave their homes on a night like Wednesday, when it is pouring down rain in sheets, you may be sure that they are deeply interested and in dead earnest about their business.
This was the case last night when a large crowd attended the Future Farmers of America banquet and annual meeting at Caddo. It was one of the finest demonstrations the writer has ever seen. These future farmers, with their fathers and mothers, presented a find appearance and the work they are doing will reap a rich harvest in times to come.
The Lions Club, with the First State Bank and president T. D. Call, are to be highly commended for the work they are doing with these young people who are the future farmers of this country. With boys like these on the farms the future of this country will certainly be in safe hands. The banquet put on by these people was one of the finest this writer has ever attended and to see the interest these young people are showing, we are sure, is a source of great pride to these men of Caddo and especially to Mr. Call, who has given many years to this character of work. They are spending their money and efforts in a cause that will pay big dividends in the future.
All honor to the good men of Caddo.
We promise never to miss one of the banquets and we are asking for an invitation again next year.